Dress Up Your Next Celebration with Fresh Baked Goods From Hometown Bakery

Spring is a busy time of year, with weddings, graduations, holidays and other fun family celebrations scheduled nearly every weekend. One thing they all have in common is that often beautiful baked goods take a starring role on the table of goodies you offer your guests.

Weddings and Bridal Showers

Everyone knows the biggest moment of a wedding reception comes when the bride and groom cut the cake. Whether you choose a traditional look for your big day, or a fun design that really shows off your personality, the cake creators at Hometown Bakery can personalize a cake for your reception or bridal shower.


Send your high school or college graduate off to their next adventure with the sweet taste of a cake or round of cupcakes at their graduation reception. The bakers will custom decorate your order to celebrate their accomplishments with beautiful designs made from tasty frosting.

Mother’s Day

Your mother has made dozens of cookies and many years of birthday cakes for you, why not pay her back with a sweet treat? Hometown Bakery can bake a beautiful home-style cake with flavors your mother will love.


If you’re inviting your mother to a Mother’s Day brunch provide her with a slice of ooey-gooey cinnamon bread for her plate. It’s sure to be one of the most memorable bites of the day. And, no baking required on her big day!

Memorial Day

We all love to relax on Memorial Day, but you don’t want to skimp on the feast you’ll be cooking up. Add a pie or specialty cake from Hometown Bakery and finish off the meal with a bang!

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 Planning Ahead

The months ahead can be hectic and getting a little help along the way can make a big difference in how much you get done in a day. The next time you’re planning a trip to Downtown WaKeeney consider picking up a dozen bierocks or cinnamon rolls to keep in the freezer for a quick meal on the run. Bierocks, a meat, and cabbage filled hot pocket, are a traditional Volga German food common in the households of Trego County residents and they are a great option or a “grab-and-go” lunch.

On the Go Breakfast or Lunch

Are you short on time and still have a number of errands to run? Plan your stop at the Hometown Bakery for breakfast or lunch and enjoy a scrumptious meal made to order with freshly baked goods. Eggs and toast for breakfast and a choice of sandwiches and wraps for lunch. They’ve got a selection of blended coffee drinks and free WiFi, too!

Stop by the Hometown Bakery in Downtown WaKeeney this spring and summer to find all the baked goods you’ll need for your celebrations!



Halo, Mexican Food Lovers, It’s Cinco de Mayo in WaKeeney!

Tropical Mexican Restuarant

No need to go south of the border for a spicy treat—you can get a culinary kick right here in WaKeeney at the Tropical Mexican Restaurant, where the chefs prepare tasty appetizers, entree, and desserts that will have you feeling those cool tropical breezes right here on the Great Plains.

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Construct a fajita from fresh vegetables and juicy steak, chicken or pork inside a warm tortilla with a side of refried beans and rice. These much-loved meals combine all the great tastes of the grill with the traditional spices of Mexican food.

Tropical Mexican Restuarant

Get the Cali-Mex version of Mexican food with a Monterey Fajita platter. It’s a heaping helping of healthy chicken breast, broccoli, carrots, zucchini, bell peppers and tomato, sprinkled with cheese and served next to Tropical’s signature beans and rice. This generous portion-sized meal will fill you up without stretching your calorie count for the day.

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Don’t forget to order up a celebratory Margarita! Tropical Mexican Restaurant has a full bar, with a selection of wines, beers and well drinks. Try a Daiquiri, Pina Colada, or Tequila Sunrise, or one of their four Margaritas flavors—lime, strawberry, mango or peach.

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You don’t have to book a ticket to Cancun to get authentic Mexican food. Just plan a visit to Western Kansas’s best Mexican restaurant, Tropical Mexican Restaurant, in WaKeeney, Kansas. Located at 428 S 1stSt., just one block north of I-70 Exit 127.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! –to the TCHS and Pee Wee Track Meets

Running, jumping and hurdling—the games will soon begin at the Trego Community High School Girls and Boys Track Meet and the Trego Recreation Commission’s Pee Wee Track Meet! Trego - TCHS Pee Wee Track1

Trego Eagles’ Track Meet in WaKeeney

This year the 28 members of the TCHS track team are competing in all areas of track and field. They’ve worked out hard every day and are ready to show their community, as well as the competing schools, their athletic skills and drive to win. The coaches are reporting a great mental attitude on the team and it is predicted our athletes will medal at every 2A track meet they are scheduled to participate in this year.

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Join us at the TCHS track and field at 3:30pm on Thursday, April 26thto cheer on the 2018 Trego Golden Eagles Boys and Girls track team!

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Trego Recreation Center Hosts the annual Pee Wee Track Meet

Get your Pee Wee track stars ready for a family event that strives to promote health and fitness through fun track and field competition. Events in sprinting, hurdling, jumping and throwing will have children from preschool age to 6thgrade testing their skills in traditional track and field events, so come out to cheer on WaKeeney’syoungest athletes!

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The Pee Wee Track Meet is a free event that begins at 5pm on May 2ndat the Trego Community High School track. Ribbons will be handed out to all participants for their contributions to the event and 1st, 2ndand 3rdplace winners of each event will earn additional ribbons of recognition. Don’t forget—registration ends on April 27thfor the Trego Recreation Commission’sannual Pee Wee Track Meet!

See you on the track!

Get Moving and Grooving with the Trego Recreation Commission

Trego County is hopping into Spring with great programs and events from the Trego Recreation Commission!

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Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Look for the Easter Bunny’s arrival on March 31st at 10:30am when he delivers his goodies to Downtown WaKeney’s Courthouse Square. Bring children from six months to 5th grade with their baskets to find candy-filled eggs and enjoy a morning outside celebrating with their friends. Groups will be sent out according to their ages and, afterwards, Mr. Bunny’s helpers will be hosting a prize drawing for each age group.

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Don’t forget to turn in the plastic eggs at the end of the hunt so we can return them to the Easter Bunny for next year!

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Daddy Daughter Prom 2018

Put on your dancing shoes, dads, because it’s time to escort your little princess to Daddy Daughter Prom!

Share a special memory with your daughter or special little girl (ages 3 to5th grade) before she’s too big to dance on the tips of your shoes. Our prom is a festive event designed for your special little lady, with a decorated “ballroom” at the TCHS Commons Area and a beautiful Corsage for her dress included.


The registration deadline for this event is April 6th and the prom will be held on April 15th. Doors open at 1:30pm for a professional photography session (two-4×6″ photos are included in the registration fee) and the dance will begin at 2pm and go to 3:30pm. The registration fee is $20 per couple and $5 each additional registrant.

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Spring and Summer Rec Programs

The crack of a bat, the twang of a racket and the sound of a roaring crowd–we’ll soon be hearing these sounds of summer all over WaKeeney when the Trego Recreation Commission’s summer sports programs begin.

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Photo by Meredith Bell

For the little athletes, the Rec Commission has put together a program that includes soccer flag football, t-ball and a Pee Wee Track Meet. There are also camps and summer programs that are currently being planned, so watch for more information to come. Registration is already open for some of the programs and the rest will be opening up soon.

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Photo by Nellis Air Force Base

There are a wide variety of adult and teen sports to choose from. Baseball and softball, sand volleyball, yoga, tennis and golf, to name a few. Plus, special events such as a horseshoe tournament, co-ed softball tournaments and pitch machine baseball tournament. Teams are forming now, so contact the Recreation Commission for more information.

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For more information about all the great activities planned this spring and summer visit the Trego Recreation Commission’s website. They’ve got all the activities you’ll need to have fun in the sun!



Exploring the Trails of Castle Rock and the Badlands

With it’s wide open vistas and gently rolling hills, Trego County’s beautiful prairie provides a tranquil High Desert setting, but this dusty landscape hides a secret. It was once part of an amazing waterway called the Western Interior Seaway. You can find out more about that ancient seascape on a hike around Castle Rock and it’s adjoining Badlands.

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These amazing 70-foot rock formations were created during the mid-to-late Cretaceous period and very early Paleogene Era when the sea split the continent of North America into two landmasses. Water from the north flowed down the center of what is now the North American continent, emptying out into the Gulf of Mexico and carving out a trough between the Rocky and the Appalachian Mountain ranges. Throughout this time, millions of pre-historic sea creatures left their remains in the chalk and shale seabed where they fossilized over the course of 80 million years.

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Fossilized Oyster Shells, Image by James St. John

Castle Rock and it’s adjoining Badlands is a geologist’s and paleontologist’s playground. Along the trails that crisscross the rock outcroppings, earthen pyramids, and striking white towers, or hoodoos, you’ll find the remains of sharks, mollusks, ammonites, plesiosaurs–a predatory marine reptile–giant shellfish, mosasaurs, and squid-like animals, among many others. You’ll also find fossils of the plankton-like animals that secreted the chalky platelets that give the Cretaceous Period its name and remnants of animals that roamed our prairie in more recent ancient times, like the great mammoths of the pre-historic era.

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Castle Rock gained more historical significance during America’s pioneering days when it became an identifying landmark on the Smoky Hill Trail and the Butterfield Overland Despatch. What a surprise it must have been for travelers when, after days of flat earth travel, they came upon a hidden valley of chalky cliffs!

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Today’s families love the wide-open spaces and trails they find at Castle Rock and the Badlands and this is a great time to explore. The nooks and crannies can be a cozy home to modern-day wild animals, so keep an eye and ear out for snakes. The trails are all unmarked and in their natural state, with no railings or steps to aid climbers, and some of the rocks are unstable, so wear good hiking shoes.

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Image by Sereph1888

Traveling to Castle Rock and the Badlands will take you over dirt roads and onto private property, whose owners graciously allow visitors to enter with the expectation that they respect the area and take care not to damage the site. You can make the trip over the unpaved roads in a passenger car if you go slow but it is better in a SUV or pick-up, and always be aware of the constantly changing weather conditions. And, photographers–don’t forget your cameras for amazing shots of this mythical looking landscape!

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To visit, turn south on Banner Road from Collyer (Exit #115) look for the turnoff to the Castle Rock and it’s Badlands roughly 12.4 miles south of I-70 at Trego County U Road. Turn west (right) on U Rd. and go 2.8 miles into Gove County on K Road. Look for signs pointing north to Castle Rock to guide you into the pasture, then follow the path, crossing the cattle guard and driving to the bluff that overlooks Castle Rock.


After visiting the site, stop in at WaKeeney’s Trego County Historical Society to see just a few of the fossils that have been recovered at Castle Rock and the Badlands. There is a great group of fossils gathered by amateur and professional paleontologists in the Leonard and Irene Purinton Collection.

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Together, Castle Rock and it’s adjoining Badlands were named as one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas by the Kansas Sampler Foundation in 2008 and is a must-do on your Kansas travel bucket list. It is a fantastic landscape with a secret past that continues to be revealed in layers of Trego County’s prairie.

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Trego Community High School Hosts Sub-State Basketball Tournaments

Come out to  Trego Community High School (TCHS) cheer on your favorite local basketball stars when the high school boys’ and girls’ teams compete in the Class 2A sub-state tournament beginning Monday, February 26th in WaKeeney.

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Eight teams are scheduled to walk onto the Trego Golden Eagles’ court next week in the first round of the tournament. It’s the start of a full week of exciting basketball action that will lead to the girls’ semi-final games, set for Thursday, March 1st at 6pm, and the boys’ semi-final games scheduled for the following night, Friday, March 2nd at the same time. Come back on Saturday, March 3rd to find out which teams grab the title of Sub-State Champion and go on to compete for the title of 2A state champion on March 5th – 9th at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. The girls’ game begins at 6pm and the boys will follow its conclusion. (Check out the brackets on the Kansas State High School Athletic Association’s website for more information.)


WaKeeney welcomes the fans and athletes of the Class 2A schools–Ellis Railroaders, Hill City Ringnecks, Hoxie Indians, Oakley Plainsmen, Oberlin-Decatur Red Devils, Plainville Cardinals and St. Francis Indians–when they arrive in town for the week-long sports event. We’ve got ten restaurants, five motels and downtown shopping to keep you well-fed, rested and entertained between games.

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Catch the last of the 2017-2018 high school basketball season at the Sub-State Tournament in WaKeeney, Kansas. It will take place in the TCHS gym beginning at 7pm Monday, February 26th with the TCHS girls’ game occurring in WaKeeney. (The first TCHS boys’s game will be played at St. Francis on Tuesday, February 27th at 7pm.)

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Follow Your Heart for A Memorable Valentine’s Day in WaKeeney

Creating the perfect Valentine’s Day is the goal of everyone who wants to express his or her love for a special someone. Of course, there are many ways to do that, with magical moments and thoughtful gifts to give. Lucky for us, all can be found in WaKeeney.

For the Romantic

If you want the classic Valentine’s Day experience make a call to Brazen Bull and reserve an intimate table at their Valentine’s Day event.

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The Brazen Bull, WaKeeney’s newest restaurant has teamed up with Main Street Giftery to provide an extra special treat for Valentines. Reserve your table at their Valentine’s Night event where jazz and blues artist Eric Nevins (The DOK) and culinary artist Zach Gibbs will create the perfect setting for an intimate candlelight dinner for two. A special room has been planned for the event and for a less formal dining option without a reservation couple can enjoy a meal in the main dining room.

Main St. Giftery will be on hand to present a dozen beautiful premium wrapped roses at your table, and Chef Gibbs has prepared a scrumptious cheesecake and hand dipped tuxedo strawberries to end the dinner on a sweet note. Call for reservations. (785.743.2653)

Gifts From the Heart

A thoughtful gift is always appreciated on Valentines Day, and in WaKeeney you’ll find something for everyone.

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Main St. Giftery & Floral

For those Valentines who have a sweet tooth we recommend a visit to the Main Street Giftery. Along with a selection of artisan chocolates and confections, you’ll also see decorative pieces and fashion accessories that make perfect gifts.

Main St. Giftery & Floral is offering several Valentine’s Day specials this year including a collection of roses, balloons, chocolates, and even a tuxedo clad delivery service. Check out their Facebook page for the specifics of each package.

A Bountiful Bouquet

Bring your Valentine a beautiful bouquet of flowers from WaKeeney’s newest flower shop, the Rose Petal Cottage. They can fashion any type of arrangement, from a dozen long-stemmed red roses, to a simple carnation vase. Every flower has a meaning and the florists at Rose Petal Cottage will help you choose just the right combination for the message you want to share.

Studio 128

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If you want to give your loved one an extra special gift you should schedule a visit to Studio 128 where all the supplies await you to create a special, one-of-a-kind gift that comes straight from your heart (and your hand, too!) Bring your idea and Studio 128 will provide everything else you need to create a masterpiece for your favorite someone.


Gibson Health Mart

Head to Gibson Health Mart for a large selection of traditional boxes of candies and a wide selection of other gifts, like a rose colored watch. Gibson’s selection of jewelry is available year-round with beautiful gifts for your special someone. And, for little Valentines, this is the place to find the much-loved packages of school-aged Valentine’s cards.

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Nothing is as intimate as a shared bottle of wine, and Shiloh Vineyard has a great selection of beautiful wines from grapes grown right here in Trego County. Reds or whites, bold or delicate; Shiloh wines can provide you with a great wine to toast your loved one.

 Eat Your Heart Out

The classic celebration of Valentine’s Day is done with dinner out at your favorite restaurant. WaKeeney has a great selection of restaurants that pours all their love for great food into the dishes they serve.

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Jake & Chet’s & Sundowner Lounge

Jake and Chet’s serves classic American roadside diner food, and after the meal is through you can head to their adjoining bar, the Sundowner Lounge for an evening cocktail. The Sundowner has a full bar of wine, cocktails and beer.


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The Western Kansas Saloon & Grill on Main Street is a well-loved piece of WaKeeney history that prides itself on their plates of flavorful entrees and sweet desserts. The Old West atmosphere creates a memorable evening for couples who want to escape the everyday and celebrate the beautiful moments in their lives.



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For a casual night out with your loved one enjoy a meal at Mike’s Place. This is the perfect place to take the man in your life. There are pool tables and a menu full of great pub grub and beers that men love.


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End the night with an exotic and decadent dessert at Tropical Mexican Restaurant. Their menu includes this beautiful Banana Frita with Ice Cream dish that is perfect for sharing. Their entire menu is filled with yummy authentic Mexican dishes, plus a few surprises, too!


This Valentine’s Day fall in love with WaKeeney, Kansas and we’ll provide everything you need for a memorable holiday with your beloved!